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Pravin Gordhan. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS

Editor’s Note: Gordhan to the rescue

Reinstalled as finance minister, Pravin Gordhan is gradually creating a positive agenda. But, asks Tim Cohen, does he really have the full support he needs?

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

Editorial: Zuma and the Gupta connection

Nkandla has come to look trifling against running scandal that has developed around Zuma’s association with the powerful Gupta family

Warren Buffett. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Investor’s Notebook: Berkshire Hathaway’s AGM

Stephen Cranston: Once the AGM is webcast, why take the time and go to the expense of travelling to Omaha?


Between the Chains: What Africa needs are visionary leaders

Sikonathi Mantshantsha: Common theme among leading African economies is their failure to plan properly for the future and diversify away from reliance on single industries or commodities

Truman Prince. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Food for Thought: Curious correspondence

The vicissitudes of Jo’burg are preferable to the strange goings-on that have reportedly been occurring in Beaufort West, writes Justice Malala


Diamonds & Dogs: Hudaco; Sasol

Hudaco’s acquisitions keep the company’s head above water and Sasol announces R7.6bn charge on its Canadian shale gas assets, writes Jamie Carr

ANOTHER CHANCE: Newly elected prime minister of Lesotho Pakalitha Mosisili waves to supporters at his inauguration ceremony in Maseru. Mosisili, who returns to power, has to hold together a fragile coalition government. He will also have to deal with disarray in the security forces and the fallout from corruption allegations. Picture: ELMOND JIYANE/DOC

In Good Faith: Legal wrangles in Lesotho

Prime minister Mosisili calls for tribunal to investigate judiciary head over alleged tax offences and inability to carry out his duties, writes Carmel Rickard


Editorial: The odd utility of populist politics

US election is unfolding to be one of the most interesting in recent history, and the first hurdle in that race took place this week


Tsakane Ngoepe. Picture: OLD MUTUAL FOUNDATION

Letter: Nonpayment will sink us

Tsakane Ngoepe’s article on income-contingent loans looks great on paper. But as with most theories, it fails to take into account the vagaries of people


Letter: Selectors overlooked Cook

If SA selectors had played specialist opener Stephen Cook, would this change have enabled Proteas to win test series?

Tsakane Ngoepe. Picture: OLD MUTUAL FOUNDATION

Letter: Ideas to help students

Who Owns Whom makes small contribution to solving structural inequalities in SA’s education system and obstacles faced by students

Bruce’s List: A daily guide to informed reads

Peter Bruce lists the crucial reads of the day

Fine Print: Lewis gets nasty

After a dire few months, you’d imagine furniture retailer Lewis would want to fix its lending issues — not threaten critics, writes Rob Rose

On My Mind: Walls are about to fall

Changes in international standards will make another tax and exchange control amnesty a possible money spinner for government, writes Rupert Worsdale

Boardroom Tails: A scorched-earth policy

As self-serving excuses go, it is as ingenious as it is crude, the corporate equivalent of the ‘the drink made me do it, your honour’, writes Ann Crotty

Another Week: 4 February 2016

A round-up of the week’s main news events in Africa and further abroad


North Korea invents alcoholic drink that has no hangover, it is a good time to own a wine farm in SA and the American elections continue